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Pass The Mic: Artists and 2007

Words: Michael • October 16, 2010

Quick Links: Blacklisted, Bridge Nine Records, Bullet Treatment, Ceremony, Coalesce, Coliseum/Black Cross, Converge, Die Young (TX), Forensics, Fucked Up, Jena Berlin, Lemuria, New Idea Society, The Out Circuit, Oxbow, Pulling Teeth, Ready the Jet, Rise and Fall, Rosetta, Set Your Goals, Scouts Honor, Skin Like Iron, This Time Next Year, Tokyo Police Club


Jason Draper

Scene Point Blank: What are your top five albums that were released in 2007?

  1. Tegan and Sara - The Con
  2. Lifetime ? Lifetime
  3. Bruce Springsteen - Magic
  4. Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond
  5. The Good Life - Help Wanted Nights

Scene Point Blank: How will you remember 2007? (In terms of music)

I think 2007 was the best year for music in awhile, well at least for my tastes. I will remember it as the year that all of my alt rock favorites became active again: Dinosaur Jr., The Lemonheads, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, and Buffalo Tom. Also it was a year of ridiculously fun tours for Lemuria.

Scene Point Blank: What kind of impact do you think donation-based releases like Radiohead, Saul Williams, etc? will have on the record industry?

I think it will show the world that if people want to, they can do things for themselves, and not have to compromise the quality. I believe Radiohead made more money by releasing In Rainbows in a donation based way then they would have had they released it through their old label. On the other hand, it does scare me because I personally love having the actual copies of records for my collection, and I fear that digital releases will become the norm.

Scene Point Blank: 2007 saw the decommissioning of two prominent file-sharing groups - Demonoid and Oink. What kind of impact will the increased crackdown on file-sharing have on the record industry? Did it personally have an effect on you?

It's my opinion that new file-sharing technology will come around and the "industry" will face the same problems. It didn't really affect me personally though. Since I can check out what most bands sound like via Myspace now, the only albums I've downloaded in the past year or so have been things I knew I would purchase as soon as it came out, but I couldn't wait, so I got it when it leaked.

Scene Point Blank: What can we look forward to from your band in 2008?

Our first full length, Get Better, is coming out on Asian Man Records in mid-January. We're also planning on going on an Asian Man Tour with a bunch of other "label mates." Also we're hoping to do some more international touring, but we'll see if that happens.

Scene Point Blank: What three records are you looking forward to most in 2008?

R.E.M., The Cure, and The Lemonheads.

Homepage: http://www.lemuriapop.com

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